Patrick joined the crew two years ago after packing his things to move from the home of the Amazon Rainforest to the home of Lord of the Rings. He’s been an absolute whizz working 'behind the scenes' in StarNow tech land ever since! Here, he tells us what a typical day at work looks like for him and shares a few pearls of wisdom for you, our members. Introducing Patrick AKA The SQL Whizz….
What's your role at StarNow, and what does a typical day at work involve for you? I am a Senior Developer. I mainly work with the back-end of the StarNow site, developing new features and maintaining the site. It's kind of seen as being 'behind the scenes', as you only notice the back-end when there is an error or when something is going very slowly.
A typical day at work for me starts with a coffee, I'm not very responsive before that, so it's always the first thing I do. The rest of the day mainly involves coding, meetings, checking emails and monitoring the site. Every once in a while, we have to stop everything we are doing to resolve a bug that's happening on the site and at 4pm, we take part in the most important thing of the day: foosball.
Patrick enjoying a game of Foosball in the office.
What's your favourite part of your job/working with your team? I love technology and at StarNow I have the opportunity to work with the latest technologies while also exploring and playing with them to find the best solution. I also really enjoy when I can be creative to resolve a problem, build something new or make something better. Besides that, the StarNow team is awesome (this applies to everyone here), it is so good to have smart, friendly and funny people around.
What's your nickname in the office/what are you best known for in the office? Oh, I don't exactly have a nickname but sometimes I'm called "SQL Whiz" or "Crazy Trigger" (lol) which is related to the other question. I am known for my SQL/database skills, making very slow processes very fast.
If you could give our members one piece of advice, what would it be? Don't be afraid to try. In our life, we are presented with many opportunities and sometimes we miss them just because we are afraid to fail or we’re busy with something else. The best opportunities don't have time to happen, they might come when you less expect, so be sure to be ready and willing to try. You may succeed or you may fail, everything is part of your growth. You will be learning from your failures and celebrating your success.
Where did you grow up? Describe it for us! I grew up in Curitiba, Brazil. Even though it is a big city in Brazil, it is also a sustainable/green city with a lot of trees and beautiful parks, which helps you forget that you are in a busy city.
Rosie and Patrick working on a project.
What's your favourite thing about Wellington, New Zealand? There are many things I like about Wellington! But my favourite thing about it (and the main reason that I moved here), is the friendly people.
If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring? I play a few survivor games so I would go for a knife, lighter and rope so that I can setup a camp quickly, gather resources easily and craft other tools. I can then just enjoy the island and wait to get rescued!
What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job? I'm not sure…. probably looking for a job? Hehehe. I would probably be gaming or playing soccer!
What is the best advice you've been given, or wish you had been told sooner? Keep your mind open, it is quite easy to focus on the detail of something and forget what else is involved. Always try to see the big picture.
Enjoying the Wellington waterfront.
What's your ideal Saturday morning? Nothing better than a sunny day at the beach.
What superpower would you choose? The first thing that comes to my mind is time control. Going back in time to change something or going into the future to acquire more knowledge. There are so many possibilities!
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About the author
Maddison Baker is StarNow's Office Coordinator. She's multi-talented and multi-faceted - between answering your questions on social media and keeping the StarNow HQ running smoothly, she manages to pack a lot into her day (think lunchtime gym sessions to after-work netball games). She always knows where the newest, coolest café is, the lyrics to Drake's latest song, and – most importantly for us – where the office supply of coffee is kept.